NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- (WTIC) -- A Waterford man pleaded guilty in federal court to charges he produced child pornography with a teenager who was lived in a building he owned.
Richard Bruno, 47, of Waterford, pleaded guilty Monday to one count of production of child pornography.
According to prosecutors, police searched Bruno’s residence last May and seized a hard drive and computer. On the hard drive, they found 46 homemade videos depicting nine different females engaged in sexually explicit conduct. Most of the videos depicted Bruno in sex acts with the females, one of them was 17 years old at the time.
Officials said Bruno was the teen’s landlord and when they met in November 2015, she told him she was 17. Bruno recorded himself and the minor victim having sex at his company’s warehouse. Officials said Bruno paid her in either marijuana or cash.
Investigators found Bruno’s cellphone had messages from him to the victim, including “If you wanted to play around I get you some mon[ey].” “Or if you let me film you for a little whi[le].”